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Are you looking for free things to do in New York City (NYC) on October 4, 2021?

21 free events take place on Monday, October 4 in New York City. Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides! Exciting, high quality, unique and off the beaten path free events and free things to do take place in New York today, tonight, tomorrow and each day of the year, any time of the day: whether it's a weekday or a weekend, day or night, morning or evening or afternoon, December or July, April or November! These events will take your breath away!

New York City (NYC) never ceases to amaze you with quantity and quality of its free culture and free entertainment. Check out October 4 and see for yourself. Summer or Winter, Spring or Fall! Just click on any day of the calendar above and you'll find most inspiring and entertaining free events to go to and free things to do on each day of October . Don't miss the opportunities that only New York provides!

Some events take place all year long: same day of the week, same time there are there for you to take advantage of. One of the oldest free weekly events in Manhattan is Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen, which happen at noon every Tuesday. Another example of an event that you can attend all year round on weekdays is Federal Reserve Bank Tour, which takes place every week day at 1 pm (but advanced reservations are required). You can take at least 13 free tours every day of the year, except the New Year Day, July 4th, and the Christmas Day. If you are classical music afficionado, you can spend whole day in New York going from one free classical concert to another. If you love theater, then New York gives you an option to attend plays and musicals free of charge, or at deep discount. You just need to have information about it. And we are here to make that information available to you.
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21 free things to do in New York City (NYC)
Monday, October 4, 2021

All events are free unless otherwise noted. ONLINE EVENTS ARE MARKED AS SUCH.

Park Walk | Birdwatching Guided Tour


Learn about a variety of birds that call this park home during migratory season. In the past visitors observed vireos, warblers, tanagers, Chuck-will's-widow, thrushes.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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8:00 am
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Park Walks, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Birdwatching Guided Tour

Concert | Piano Concert Outdoors


Piano concert series, showcasing ragtime, stride, and jazz pianists.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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12:30 pm
Free
Concerts, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Piano Concert Outdoors

Book Discussion | A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (online)


Poet, essayist, and critic Hanif Abdurraqib has been celebrated for the lyricism and intimacy of his writing, as well as the piercing clarity of his insights on music, race, and American culture. His newest work is rightfully being lauded as his strongest to date. WNET’s Jenna Flanagan talks with Hanif about the new book and his creative process and journey.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Book Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (online)

Poetry Reading | Celebrating Poet Toi Derricotte (online)


In recognition of her work as a poet and award-winning writer, and as the co-founder of Brooklyn-based Cave Canem. With readings and tributes by Hafizah Geter, and other guests. 
   New York City, NY; NYC
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1:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Celebrating Poet Toi Derricotte (online)

Discussion | From Isaiah to the Talmud: Jewish Text as Literary Inspiration (online)


Adam Kirsch, author of Come and Hear: What I Saw in My Seven-and-a-Half-Year Journey through the Talmud, and Aviya Kushner, author of Wolf Lamb Bomb and The Grammar of God, discuss how the ancient can inform the contemporary--and how centuries of Jewish text and thought shape their work as writers. Kirsch writes regularly for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and Tablet, and Kushner is The Forward's language columnist.
   New York City, NY; NYC
2:00 pm
Free
Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, From Isaiah to the Talmud: Jewish Text as Literary Inspiration (online)

Dance Performance | 2 New Dances Address Pandemic Feelings (online; available through Oct. 14)


These dances are a response to the isolation endendered by the pandemic.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:00 pm
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Dance Performances, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, 2 New Dances Address Pandemic Feelings (online; available through Oct. 14)

Workshop | Physical Therapy-Based Workout


Join a workout with a physical therapy based approach. The objectives are injury prevention, pain reduction and sustainability for the knees, hips, shoulders, ankles, elbows and spine. You will leave class sweaty, energized, and feeling amazing. Also great for people looking to improve their cardiovascular stamina, strength, flexibility, mental focus and concentration in a holistic environment. Bring your own mat. Proof of vaccination required.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:30 pm
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Workshops, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Physical Therapy-Based Workout

Workshop | Outdoor Workouts in Midtown


Enjoy free outdoor fitness and wellness classes hosted in the heart of Midtown Manhattan.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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5:45 pm
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Workshops, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Outdoor Workouts in Midtown

Discussion | Person Place Thing: A Recording of the NPR Show (livestream)


NPR host Randy Cohen does a live recording of his popular public radio series. Prolific designer and illustrator Jim McMullan is the guest. McMullan has created images for countless magazine stories, books for adults and children, record covers, U.S. stamps, murals, and animated films. His best known work, however, is the series of over 80 posters he has done for Lincoln Center Theater.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Person Place Thing: A Recording of the NPR Show (livestream)

Talk | A Conversation with Fashion Designer Gabriela Hearst (online)


Uruguayan-born fashion designer Gabriela Hearst launched her eponymous label, in which products are made with care and detail, in fall 2015.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Talks, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, A Conversation with Fashion Designer Gabriela Hearst (online)

Workshop | Fitness Workout


Hit the pavement and push your body to new limits in this class. For ages 18+.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Fitness Workout

Discussion | The Stars of Amazon's Birds of Paradise Discuss the New Ballet Thriller (online)


Set in an elite Paris ballet academy, Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth play young dancers competing for a coveted contract with the Paris Opera Ballet, as they navigate through the dark waters of ambition, tragedy, rivalry and desire. Go behind the scenes with Smith, Silvers and Froseth as they talk about the making of the film, their characters, and the price of greatness in the gorgeous, ruthless world of ballet.
   New York City, NY; NYC
6:00 pm
Free
Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, The Stars of Amazon's Birds of Paradise Discuss the New Ballet Thriller (online)

Talk | Theater in Quarantine (online)


Joshua William Gelb and Katie Rose McLaughlin offer a lecture demonstration of their work for Theater in Quarantine. TiQ is a new performance laboratory dedicated to the exploration of the live theatrical experience in the digital space. This white-box theater, born out of the stay-at-home orders in March 2020, has now streamed over 20 new and original works. TiQ set out to understand how artists can adapt to the digital form without sacrificing the integrity of the live event, as well as navigating how we can continue to responsibly collaborate while social distancing.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Theater in Quarantine (online)

Workshop | Zumba in a Park


This socially-distanced class features aerobic training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Sneakers are recommended. Every Monday until Oct 25, 2021. Check-in begins at 5:30 pm. Masks are required. Must sign a waiver before participating. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration opens every Tuesday at 10:00 am for the class the following week.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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6:00 pm
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Workshops, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Zumba in a Park

Discussion | "Absolute Condemnation of No One": Art in a Polarized World, with Harvard University Professor (online)


A robust and engaging conversation with two premiere American intellectuals inspired by Dr. Cornel West's words "What sits at the center of Chekhov is absolute condemnation of no one."
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, "Absolute Condemnation of No One": Art in a Polarized World, with Harvard University Professor (online)

Book Discussion | The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America (online)


A lively virtual discussion with author Jo Napolitano, who will be in conversation with a member of Libraries for Liberation, an organization that distributes books that raise awareness of diversity and systemic racism to neighborhoods and libraries across the United States. They will discuss the book and how their missions overlap, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Book Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America (online)

Discussion | Broadway Actress (The Color Purple, Porgy and Bess) in Conversation (online)


NaTasha Yvette Williams is an American actress, singer, and entertainer. Since she began singing at age three in the tiny tot choir at her church, she has performed from the subway to Broadway. She portrayed Aretha Franklin in A Night with Janis Joplin, and has been seen in Porgy and Bess and The Color Purple.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:00 pm
Free
Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Broadway Actress (The Color Purple, Porgy and Bess) in Conversation (online)

Poetry Reading | Excerpts from Spoon River Anthology (online)


Spoon River Anthology (1915) by Edgar Lee Masters is a collection of short free verse poems that collectively narrate the epitaphs of the residents of Spoon River, a fictional small town named after the Spoon River, which ran near Masters' home town of Lewistown, Illinois. The aim of the poems is to demystify rural and small town American life. The collection includes 212 separate characters, in all providing 244 accounts of their lives, losses, and manner of death. Many of the poems contain cross-references that create an unabashed tapestry of the community.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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7:00 pm
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Poetry Readings, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Excerpts from Spoon River Anthology (online)

Talk | Where Does Art Lie? (online)


Curator Mark Godfrey will open up about recent changes in this field and in his own practice.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Talks, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, Where Does Art Lie? (online)

Author Reading | 2 New Essay Collections on Queer Identity and Self-Discovery


Jen Winston, Brooklyn-based author and bisexual, joins author and artist Adam J. Kurtz for a conversation about queer identity, self-discovery, and the power of making mistakes. This conversation celebrates the launch of two essay collections: Winston's Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much, a hilarious and whip-smart memoir about bisexuality and gender, as well as Kurtz's forthcoming You Are Here (For Now), a candid collection of artwork and essays about navigating life's ups and downs.
   New York City, NY; NYC
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Author Readings, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, 2 New Essay Collections on Queer Identity and Self-Discovery

Discussion | The Rewards and Challenges of Shakespeare's Pericles (online)


Appearing on stages all across the country and the Off-Broadway rialto, Raphael Nash Thompson has built a sterling reputation as a brilliant actor in the classics. He'll talk to host Nathan Winkelstein. Thompson tackled the role of Gower in Red Bull Theater's 2003 production - the founding production of the company. He reprised the role in 2016 at Theater for a New Audience under the direction of Trevor Nunn. He'll read a selection and take a part in a discussion of the rewards and challenges of this unique Shakespeare play.
   New York City, NY; NYC
7:30 pm
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Discussions, October 04, 2021, 10/04/2021, The Rewards and Challenges of Shakespeare's Pericles (online)
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Dance Performance | Passionate Modern Dance

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Classical Music | Metropolitan Opera Star, Highly-Acclaimed Pianist and More

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